The purpose of a guild is to enhance the craft.@Thehack , but your posts were not deleted. Because it is civil. Unlike the other ones. And the mods' reply doesn't sound like it is being targeted to you.
But nevermind that, just like @bledha said, we need to move forward with the issue at hand and stop discussing what happened in Steck thread.
Like you summed up most suitably, we (or rather the mods as this forum's representative) are at no.2. Now it'd have been fine if we leave at that, at least to me, but now that some more respectable members of the forum have stepped and voiced up, I think they need to rethink this.
Maybe the stance should be somewhere in between 2 and 3. A mod edited disclaimer on the top of the post or something. After a community discussion. It maybe too complicated - idk, maybe anyone have another suggestion?
Also in regards to this forum being a guild, I can't agree with. An artists' guild means that everyone in it is an artist, while not so here. Hell, that means I do not deserve to be a member in the first place.
I made a comparison of this to a guild is because a lot of the best innovation in sff enclosure actually come from this forum. Let me list some:
KMPKT power solutions
HDPlex 400W AC-DC
G-Unique exposure to Western audience
The Dan also does his project here as well. Josh contributes an unhealthy amount. The community has significant influence on the furthering of sff.
And a lot of it is thanks to various members and their feedback and contributions. And for everyone creator here you guys who use it and provide feedback are very welcome and important members.
It is definitely not a guild, but I can't help but draw some similarities.